Best of Dining

Best of 2010 Chefs, Restaurants, Front of the House, Behind the Bar, Ethnic and More

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NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
MANDINA’S


Gussied-up interior aside, which has been the subject of controversy with patrons since its post-Katrina reopening, you won’t find anyone complaining about Mandina’s quintessential New Orleans fare, including amazing turtle soup and perfectly spiced Shrimp Creole. When friends come in from out of town asking to see the real New Orleans, this is where to take them. 

– J.F.
3800 Canal St., 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com



CONTINENTAL ITALIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
MAXIMO’S ITALIAN GRILL

Back strong after Hurricane Katrina, chef Thomas Woods is leading a true renaissance of cuisine and atmosphere in this very comfortable French Quarter restaurant. Enjoy a seat at the counter in front of the completely open show kitchen and watch every dish being prepared. Better than a night at the movies and with much more flavor and style.

– T.M.
1117 Decatur St., 586-8883, maximosgrill.com



STEAKHOUSE OF THE YEAR
LABOCA


Chef Adolfo Garcia’s Argentine steak house, La Boca, serves the best beef in town. In addition to New York strip, ribeye and a bone-in fillet, the restaurant serves less common cuts such as the entraña fina – a skirt steak that can be ordered with or without its “skin” – a hanger steak and a USDA prime flank steak from Niman Ranch. La Boca is open for dinner only, and make certain to find out about one of the always-excellent nightly specials.

– R.P.
857 Fulton St., 525-8205



CHINESE RESTAURANTOF THE YEAR
JUNG’S GOLDEN DRAGON

Jung’s Golden Dragon recently upgraded its Veterans Memorial Boulevard location to new digs on Magazine Street. Its authentic Chinese menu, offering a far broader range of dishes than the usual Americanized fare found in New Orleans, and personable hostess set it apart from the pack. The dumplings alone are reason to go.

– J.F.
3009 Magazine St., 887-6081, jungsgoldendragon2.com

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